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The Troubled Teen Industry / Possible assault at Turn-about Ranch
« on: February 25, 2021, 03:24:05 AM »
Quote from: Deseret News
Inspired by Paris Hilton, woman says Utah ranch punished her for reporting assaults
By Annie Knox, Deseret News, February 21 - 2021

SALT LAKE CITY — Motivated to come forward after Paris Hilton’s allegations of abuse at a Provo center for troubled teens, a Colorado woman is suing a different Utah program.

Turn-About Ranch in Escalante punished Hannah Archuleta after she reported sexual assaults by an employee, she alleges in her lawsuit filed Wednesday in Garfield County’s 6th District Court.

Archuleta joins Hilton and several others now advocating for better state oversight of the centers where they say employees victimized them, but they couldn’t get help because they didn’t have access to the outside world.

“There appears to be a major problem in Utah,” Archuleta’s attorney, Gloria Allred, said in reference to the residential rehab facilities for teens.

Turn-About Executive Director Michelle Lindsay did not immediately return a phone message left Wednesday for comment.

Archuleta said she was inspired by Hilton to come forward. She and Allred urged Utah lawmakers to pass the same bill Hilton endorsed earlier this month in at-times tearful testimony at the state Capitol.

“I am here today to spread the message to every parent in America: Do not send your children to these places or endorse them,” Archuleta said.

SB127, which awaits a vote in the House, would require the treatment centers to submit monthly reports to the Utah Office of Licensing, among other changes.

Archuleta alleges she was whisked to the ranch in southern Utah in 2019 when she was 17, just after appearing on a TV segment of “Dr. Phil.” He’s a proponent of Turn-About who recommended the program to her family, the lawsuit says.

At the time, Archuleta had recently learned her mother was terminally ill with liver failure, she said Wednesday.

She says she was too scared to tell anyone the first time the man groped her in a kitchen about a week and a half after she arrived.

But after the same employee “aggressively” and inappropriately touched her in late November or early December 2019 while she was retrieving a dish from a cabinet, Archuleta told three female employees about the incident. She was told to write a detailed letter describing the assaults, according to the lawsuit.

She provided the letter to someone in management that described what happened, but claims in the lawsuit that the man she identified as her aggressor didn’t face meaningful discipline and the ranch didn’t notify police.

Rather, its staffers forced her to sleep on a wooden plank with no pillow, verbally abused her, threatened violence and forced her to work outside in below-freezing temperatures, the lawsuit says.

She claims she was denied access to the bathroom and was assigned her “reflection” time, which consisted of picking up horse manure, walking in circles around a horse corral for hours, or staying at a desk facing a wall for hours.

One employee, a “residential coach,” accused Archuleta of lying “because you’re crying so much” and “only liars cry,” the suit says.

After writing home to describe the abuse, her father, Tony Archuleta, retrieved her from the ranch in December 2019. Although he filed a report with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, the case isn’t moving forward, he said.

“I had sent her there because I was told she would receive the education and therapy that would help her,” he said.

The man remained at work and had one-on-one interactions with other girls, despite another also reporting that he sexually assaulted her, Archuleta alleges in the suit.

She’s suing for negligent hiring and supervision, assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and she’s seeking damages to be awarded at trial.

The ranch is facing an earlier lawsuit from the widow of a counselor who was beaten to death by a teenager who was suicidal and addicted to drugs in 2016. The suit alleges the ranch wasn’t equipped to handle someone with those issues.

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Located in Prescott, Washington the program closed in 2018. The campus was then the property of Masters Ranch West (A department of Masters Ranch Christian Academy from Couch, Missouri). The authorities closed the later and removed the boys from the campus. It is not clear why  Jubilee Youth Ranch / Jubilee Christian Academy closed:

Some parents and former detainees made a review of the closed Jubilee program:

Quote from: Todd W.
Specific concerns included:

  • non-medical staff administering / dispensing prescribed medications to the patients.
  • numerous residential staff not passing criminal background checks (including one staff member that was hired on the date he was released from Washington State Penitentiary)
  • a policy developed by the Administrator blocking licensed clinical staff from responding to patients who had attempted suicide at the facility.
  • physical beatings of students by other students resulting in several students running away from the facility for their own protection.  One of these beatings was video-taped by a student on a cellular telephone and by the next morning it had over 20,000 views on Facebook.

Quote from: Shana L.
OMG I whole heartedly agree with the other 2 reviews. I am so sorry I let my son go there for 3 months. He is lucky to be alive. I pray for the boys safety there all the time. My son is traumatized & still telling me again, just today of the horrific things he experienced while there almost a year ago. He was 13 & the youngest, too young for that place! He was exposed to terrible things while there. Kids sneak out at night & score & do hard drugs & drink in the near by towns, feilds, & within the school. Keys to cars at night were snuck by older boys to take cars off of the property. One night he was chased by a rotweiler through a feild & could've been killed. (Not enough responsible supervision!!!!!)

The therapist gave up after 2 tries in 3 months when my son was resistant at first. So no "therapuetic" anything was involved. They had no idea what to do with my son & called me & his dad for suggestions. They seemed in disbelief that he was troubled although it's a school for "troubled youth". He resisted going to school & slept the days away a lot of the time. Staff was always unresponsive & unreachable for days for one excuse or another, even when I tried to reach them to warn them my son was reporting he was getting bullied & then he got beat up. It was blamed on their phone system which after 3 months I didn't buy it anymore.

I didn't recognize who my son was on the phone while he was there. He sounded so hardened, weird & distant (he changed for the better immediatly after leaving there). He has since revealed he was exposed to & doing hard drugs constantly, & was not safe at all. Boys fight in bathrooms off camera in bedrooms etc. Fear of the devil was put into him while there. Not nessesarily by staff but constant talk by students. Night staff who are often kids themselves were scared of a student & hid from him who would wander halls at night, stare at walls,talk to himself,draw pentograms on walls,hurt himself & other bizarre things.I have compassion for the staff & that student but this didn't help my son feel safe & I don't think he was safe. I never felt at peace mentally until he left there. I didn't know the details but something didn't seem right the entire time.

I think the individuals involved who work there often have good motives & want to help kids,or are recent ex students who still need help & get a job there,or are recent ex-students working off their debt who destroyed property who don't really want to be there. They often were kind to my son but they are not professionals & most are ex-drug addicts who still have problems themselves. Although they have good hearts, I experienced them being reactive,taking things personal, being unprofessional & no real education how to help kids with special needs. After they first tried to reach out to my son & he didn't immediatly warm up to them - he was told he "burnt his bridges". To me this was ex-drug addict talk & would make a kid feel like nobody wanted to be there for him anymore because he has problems.Which is why he was sent there to begin with.

Some kids maybe should've been in a mental institution -smearing poop on walls & throwing it at my son when napping. Melting down & tearing things up & the other kids beating that kids ass (my sons words today). Not enough supervision, structure,protection or education for individuals with real mental problems.

I wanted my son to be in a Christian atmosphere because I love God & didn't want that left out of his life the year he'd be there, but I have since learned Christian facilities are not monitored or held to the same standard as other schools. They can do their own thing.

I am grateful for the man who drove my son to the emergency room in the middle of the nigtht, in the snow to have his stomach pumped so he wouldn't die from an over the counter drug over dose, & for the therapist being by his bed side all the next day watching over him. The night staff  was very kind to me & my son that night & kept me updated every couple of hours & same with the therapist the following day. I'm grateful for the staff that had my son stay safe in a private room, nurtured him & he got to watch movies for a night after he was jumped & almost had his nose broken ( I really am grateful) I did feel the love at times but...none of it should've ever happened.

Preventative actions should have been taken. Calls & warnings of bullying should've been responded to, medicines should've been kept in a safe etc.

I waited to leave a review because I never wanted to thwart anyone from getting help that needed it, & didn't want to just bad mouth the place because I think their motive is good, but the fact is the place is not safe & I don't think they are qualified to be doing what they are doing. If I'd only known & not been so desperate to get my son out of harms way I'd never of sent him there. Now I know- so I am letting you know. Their name also is under Jubilee Leadership Academy.

Quote from: Ambe W.
Our hearts were broken with the recent events which occurred under Jubilee leadership Academy's authority. Wish those who work for Jubilee would stop posting comments which depict JLA in a great light when that is not the truth. Unless you're child has been at Jubilee and gone through what many parents on yelp are trying to say you'll never understand the horrific atmosphere and conditions that our children have all endured. Those who are trying to advertise for Jubilee to get more boys to come to their program  should also be silenced since they never had a son attend this program.

I wish you all would see what has happened to all of our sons lives.  When your son has been beaten up multiple times with staff just looking on and videoing the fights, only to then publish it on social media so others can laugh, then will may understand the true ramifications of the injustice that is going on at Jubilee  leadership academy.

When your child  calls from JLA  But can't freely talk because all of his phone calls are being monitored without your knowledge something is terribly wrong.

When your son gives up on life and would rather die because he is tired of hurting and no one at JLA cares enough to  get the proper help for him, something is terribly wrong.

When you find out that your son doesn't have enough medication to last through to the next cycle because his medication has been stolen, something is terribly wrong.

Dear heavenly father, please shine a light on the staff and this therapeutic boarding school that it might get the help that it needs so It can have your blessings on their program again. We pray that your  truth dear Lord would come forth and that the lies would be silenced by those who are trying to not shine light on the injustices that have been going on at Jubilee.  We also bring before you dear lord all the boys that have been hurt and the scars that they carry around with them to this day from Jubilee leadership Academy. We pray for healing in their lives and  they would use these trials that they've gone through to grow into Godly young man for your kingdom.  In Jesus name, amen

Quote from: Lynn H.
Much has changed in the last couple of years at Jubilee Leadership Academy. Our experience was one of heartache, failure on Jubilee's staff, bullying, emotional damage and out right blindness in what was going on around the staff. Drugs and Alcohol usage a major problem  but staff was in denial. 10 to 1 staff ratio within the dorms making it a very dangerous environment. Money so poorly managed that one should question what accountability they adhere to. Talk to the Walla Walla judicial system and you will here true accounts of the mismanagement and poor supervision to keep these young men safe in a hostile environment.  Please reconsider sending your young man to Jubilee Leadership Academy until they make major changes from the top down.

Quote from: Barbara B.
I am a Mother who saw first hand what Jubilee Leadership Academy does for troubled boys who are sent there because of struggles they are having. It is because of JLA and their poor supervision that my son got beaten up over and over again with nothing being done to fix the problem. It's because of JLA that no one took him to get checked out from any Doctor nor were any police notified even though he had bruises all over his body. It's because of JLA that some boys who were looking on while my son got the crap beaten out of him,  they used their cell phones (without JLA even knowing they had them) to record his beating and posted it on social media. It's because of JLA that he tried to end his life because no one there cared enough to protect him when he felt threatened, not one time but several times he tried to kill himself and do you think anyone from JLA called the authorities to get my son any help? NO one called us or even put it in their reports for parents to see. Our son finally had enough and tried to run away to get free of the abusive nature at JLA. It's then that JLA said he couldn't come back because he attempted to flee from their unsafe, hostel environment? There is nothing good that came out of JLA and the damage is very real. Possibly life long  issues that we may have to deal with to help our son heal from such a horrible place. We so wish that he never went to Jubilee Leadership Academy because it isn't worth the damage done, period!

Done hiding out of fear, PLEASE let our voice be heard for all the future boys and families who are looking for a "Christian" therapeutic boarding school when life becomes hard. AND for all of those young BOYS who have been damaged by the Leadership at JUBILEE because they didn't stop the abuse, please know WE are PRAYING FOR YOU. WE LOVE YOU even though we've never met. We are together by the mutual bound of CHRIST and His Kingdom.

Quote from: Bruce S.
Our FIRST hand experience with our son drove us running from JLA!.  Very disappointed in Jubilee Leadership Academy and how they have changed in all these past years. They initially opened their doors with hearts for the boys in this nation and wanted them to have a safe place they could go to where God's Word would fill their hearts and they would be loved into healing. These past 5 years or so their focus turned into everything but these young men. Lives have been damaged, hearts hardened and some may never really recover from the abuse they incurred while attending JLA. From an abusive atmosphere to buying drugs, staff is no the wiser or they just don't care any more. If the CEO isn't reflecting Christ to these boys then how can the staff? It needs to start at the top if JLA has any chance in earning their reputation back where it once was.

Quote from: Taco S.
I went to jubille and I just got kicked out because they cant handle a mad stressed angry kid.  as a student I saw a lot of stuff go down there. Like no disrespect to rick and lean and to sum of the staff (and I mean sum) but it was horrible for me because everyday there would be someone being mean to another kid and staff doing the minimum to stop it I got into at least 6 fights before they said sum even when i told them that kid was bothering me. The staff was good sometimes like when I beat up a kid and he went to a shed got a knife and was on his way back to stab me but got stopped. But srsly they needa up thier game the food was mostly shit btw except for matts wifes cooking i give her props but on some real the staff needa take care of these kids there especially the ones who can't stand up for them self's #tyler but jubille did have some nice times we went out on nice outings alot which was nice most of the time

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Information about the removal of the boys from the Washington department:

‘Lord of the Flies chaos.’ State removes boys from Christian boarding school near Tri-Cities (Tri-City Herald)

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The owner of this ranch used to run a program near Prescott in the State of Washington. However the authorities removed the children from the Washington ranch because the state of Washington have laws that demands a higher standard compared to Missouri where the owner founded the program in 1997.

A number of both parents and former detainees at the ranch have made testimonies about the program

Quote from: Mike List
all im going to say is religion should never be forced upon anybody i dont care what your beliefs are about it that is NOT OKAY. I went there a drug addict, left there a drug addict. after all the horrid things we had to do i had/have no desire to get better, as it only made my mental illnesses worse, i literally have dreams where im back there and i wake up sweating always after asking my best friend what i did to come back. there are no professional therapists there, only pastors, whove never seen life like an addict or a criminal has, they don't know how to help these boys, they run the program through fear, not love, as they advertise. Every therapist/psychologist ive seen since leaving that place has told me they think it negatively affected me. im a past student who attended the ranch for 16 months.

Quote from: Rhonda Simko
My son will be leaving this poor quality cult soon. Lack of education with my son being 27 months. He went 1 and 1/2 grades in this time. A boy can only advance at remembering and rehearsing Bible verses. The indicate they teach skills to boys in future. I have met many families not one boy has come out of that facility a better quality boy. My recommendation is to look into another facility this is not worth your child's time.


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The Troubled Teen Industry / Midcourse correction reviews
« on: February 09, 2021, 02:43:18 AM »
Midcourse Correction is a short-term boot camp. We once had a thread about an escape attempt from the camp, but with the present fokus on BreakingCodeSilence it is time to highlight the program once again with these reviews from Google Maps.

Quote from: makeup_ by_slay
I wish I could rate this place ZERO! I was sent here by my therapist and school because I was TERRIFIED to go to school after a girl that I thought was my friend brought a knife to school and threatened to kill me.
So they had a meeting and decided I needed bootcamp since I was terrified to go to school. This was absolutely the WORST experience of MY LIFE! I was yelled at, cused at, kicked, pushed, made to go out in the freezing cold in January with no shoes, socks, coat or hat on, to do "Cal's" because we didn't say goodnight to the corrections officer.
I got so sick after I left that HELL, I was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia for almost 2 weeks!
Parents please for the love of God don't ever send your kids here! Look into other places, but don't ever send them here. I wanted to die the whole time I was there, and I didn't even belong there, I should've NEVER been sent there in the first place, so please don't put your kids through the same hell I had to endure!

Quote from: stacy wilson
Do not send your child here unless you want to mentally destroy them and forever scar them. Most people here reviewing five stars are people who worked there and niéve parents who think this worked and fixed their children for them. These people degrade you and make you feel worthless and you carry that as a weight on your shoulder for the rest of your life. I was a young, beautiful girl and now I am depressed and burdened. They made us do things that were frankly unsanitary. We were forced to roll in mud and then not allowed to change our clothes and had to sleep in them. On the final day we were "granted" our one and only two minute shower under freezing water whereby all ten of us girls were forced to get naked and stand on a tarp waiting our turn. I don't know when the last time it was legal to force ten minors to get naked and stand on a tarp, but it certainly wasn't in 2016! I don't know how one could possibly fathom that you can send your child somewhere for 46 hours and think that they're going to come back a new person, almost as if they're just going to give you a different child, not your own. If you think your child is having issues you as a parent need to step up to your parental duties and speak to your child, not ditch them on someone else and expect them to fix it, it will just create a further divide between you and your child. Everything in my life has lost absolute feeling to it and I frankly care about absolutely nothing. I don't hate my parents for doing this to me, not the first time they've tried to ditch their problems with me on someone else.
Quote from: Samantha Filek
It's been 3 years and I wake up after having dreams of the inhumane, brutal, and insane memories of the actions put upon me at this camp. There are nights I am still traumatized of the three hours of sleep while being woken up by screams. There are times when I am reminded by the entrance and the way the workers introduce my self. They are intimidating and evil. Though some teens are troubled, they need help. But not the help where their life's are altered and they are forever, emotionally terrified. A teen should not act a certain way out of fear of anything. Waking up in the middle of the night remembering such a place is not the way I wanted to assure that I always behaved. No matter how troubled your teen is, I encourage you, with a full heart, to choose better and wiser options. You do not want your child to spend their years sufferening from the PTSD Midcourse Correction makes them leave with. The teens who walk out the door are changed only in one way. They will never sleep the same. They will always and only have the traumatic memories that Midcourse Correction forces them to carry around for years and years on end. Thank you .

Quote from: Stella A. Dimoko
My experience was very traumatic. To this day i am still struggling to cope with the PTSD this camp gave me. I’ve been through a number of different places that help me get reduce this trauma, but so far none of them have worked. I don’t think it is possible to get rid of the trauma from this camp, which is why I would never consider sending your child here. This trauma affects my everyday life and everything I do- all I get is flashbacks. No more good grades, no boyfriends, just flashbacks. I’ve never experienced something worse in my life.

Quote from: britnee lafayette
My 15 year old sister went to the Otisville location this past weekend. We were called from the camp on Sunday morning at 7 to let us know she was vomiting blood and that we should probably come get her. They did not allow her to take a drink of water or anything. We proceeded to take her to the hospital, she was swollen from head to toe could not walk because her joints were so swollen. The doctors are saying that this happened in the span of TWO days of intense shock to her body. I know it was our choice to send her here but we thought they would teach her how to handle her anger, not to put her straight to the hospital...she will never be going back there, and you can bet I will do everything I can to let others know they are not what they say they are.

Quote from: jack l
READ FIRST !!!! Hi my name is Jack and I went to bed course when I was only 15. you guys want an honest review I'm not going to give you some saying it was great were everything to give me the full on Spectrum. To understand why I went there I was actually pretty good it's just I just use tobacco  and Mild disrespect.  which I wouldn't think it's that bad.
Mid-course Corrections is basically a legal way to abuse your child your kid will get hurt and some way if that guy broke his arm there and had to be sent home I see with my own eyes. your kid will get mentally scarred and verbally abused and physically abused if you want your child to get hurt abused have nightmares after 2 weeks after it then I think it's a great place to send them I'm being sarcastic you don't want your kid to be hurt abused or any kind of discomfort you go to bed at 2 a.m. and wake up at 4:30 I mean seriously .Sleep deprivation and constant pain I was sore  so bad took me a week to recover I couldn't even stand up out of my chair after it I had to get assistance with my parents just to get out of my chair. if you love your child and you want your child back get a psychologist to help them understand why are they doing that instead of yelling at them it's a lot cheaper. If your child has to get sent back there they have to wear a backpack full of lead it's at least 50 lb I never wore the backpack but this one kid had it was sleep with it and go wherever he went I feel bad I feel so bad for him.
in conclusion don't send your kid here if you wanted to get hurt cuz they will get hurt

Quote from: d monay
i went here back in december and i still struggle with depression and ptsd from it. you go to bed at 2:30 and wake up at 4:30 and barely get to eat. you don’t get to change your clothes the whole time and now i don’t ever wanna do hard work again bc of the mental abuse i went through. if your a parent reading this DONT SEND YOUR KIDS HERE PLEASE.

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Information found on Reddit - since removed - has pointed in direction of a person called Brother Kelly Vanderkooi.

In a post on Facebook, this Vanderkooi might be the same person mentioned in relationship with a post related to Reclamation Ranch.

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Can it be the same Vanderkooi who is mentioned in a post on the website of Reclamation Ranch Ministries? The owner of Reclamation Ranch Jack Patterson has a Roloff background and ran a program in Alabama which was raided years back where they used shackles on the kids.

https://www.facebook.com/reclamationranchministries/posts/247942235677501


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The facility also goes under the name "Pilgrims Rest Ministry of Reconciliation"

It is located on 1196 Renfrow Hill Rd, Dundee, Kentocky 42338

Is it using the same methods as in Roloffs homes?

Two threads on the reddit message board is about this place


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The Troubled Teen Industry / Re: Three Springs Alumni
« on: January 24, 2021, 03:43:11 AM »
Hey.....  Three springs caught my eye.  I graduated from Auldern Academy.  Did you have any contact with the people there?

Auldern Academy is now on "1000 places You don't want to be as a teenager"

818. Auldern Academy

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Once again a boy died at the facility now going under the name Canyon State Academy.

Source:

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17-year-old Canyon State Academy student dies after being found unresponsive
Arizona Republic, by Chelsea Curtis, January 23 - 2020

A 17-year-old student at Canyon State Academy died Tuesday after he was found unresponsive, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.

The teenager was found unresponsive about 11:30 p.m. when emergency personal responded to the academy at 20061 E. Rittenhouse Road in Queen Creek, the sheriff's office said.

He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the sheriff's office. His name was not released.

Details about the events leading up to the teenager's death were not provided by the sheriff's office.

His cause of death has not yet been determined by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office and the investigation is ongoing.

For more stories that matter, subscribe to azcentral.com.

A spokesperson for the academy did not immediately respond to The Arizona Republic's requests for comment.

Canyon State Academy was founded in 1948 for at-risk children and adolescents, according to the academy's website. It has a residential program with academic, career and technical training, athletics and more.

It is now operated by Rite of Passage, which is a national provider of therapeutic and educational programs for youth, the website states.

The academy was previously called the Arizona Boys Ranch before it was changed to Canyon State Academy in April 2000, the Republic reported.

The change was meant to signify a fresh start for the organization after years of scrutiny after the death of Nicholaus Contreraz, a 16-year-old boy who collapsed while being punished in May 1998.


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The Troubled Teen Industry / The Lord's ranch
« on: November 11, 2020, 07:16:44 AM »
It seems to be the never ending story about The Lord's Ranch in Arkansas also known as Trinity Behavioral Health managed by Theodore E. Suhl

More reading: Arkansas: The corruption state (Arkansas Times)

The Lord's ranch is number 606 on the list of 1000 places you do not want to be as a teenager

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Roloff / Re: Wings of faith Academy?
« on: October 21, 2020, 06:56:53 AM »
I found more testimonies on this address:

Weighed down by the past (Testimonial blog)

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Feed Your Head / New testimonial blog on Webs
« on: October 20, 2020, 05:05:48 AM »
More and more brave survivors are ready to tell the world about their ordeal. Here is a new blog:

It is named Weighed down by the past


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The Troubled Teen Industry / Ashcreek Academy reviews
« on: October 15, 2020, 08:33:02 AM »
The facility is located north of La Verkin in Utah. The owner Tammy Prince aka Tammy Berhmann was also involved with Copper Canyon Academy - now known as Sedona Academy.

Quote from: Amy Farrell
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Stay clear. This place is nothing close to what the website presents. Communication is horrible, staff ratios are low, therapeutic approach shifted with the wind during the two months my son attended and was never clearly defined. Emotional & physical safety are not a priority. Boundaries are loosely enforced (at best). Weekend activities include an hour or two of rec time and a bunch of sitting around. Promises are made to the boys and never followed through, with no explanations. Academically the teachers don't communicate and when pushed provide only bear bones feedback. After endless complaining the food did improve over the Fall but the amount of sugar and processed foods provided showed the level of disregard to overall health and wellness. My son made amazing progress at Wilderness and Ashcreek not only failed to build and leverage that growth but set him back. Fortunately we pulled him from the program and he is now thriving in a new environment.

Quote from: Wilson G
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Ashcreek Ranch Academy is truly the worst experience of my 17 years on this planet. Worse than when I was bullied and suicidal, worse than when I wasn't allowed in my own home because my family was afraid of me. It is run by greedy power-hungry pigs absorbed in their own wealth. Darren Prince is NOTHING but a good salesman. He manipulates any parent that takes a tour of ARA. The amount of lies that are told by the administration is repulsive and shameful. I was bullied while at Ashcreek by students AND staff. I admit that I did feed the fire at some points. But when a group of students urinated on my bed and clothes the staff did nothing to find out who it was or punish them. I have been verbally abused at times and berated by staff. There have been times where staff have restrained me and used excessive force when none was necessary. Those times remind me of the videos where a police officer shoots someone because he was "resisting" when the suspect was not, the officer was looking for an excuse to use that force. The staff are highly unprofessional, I have personally heard a 21 year old staff make sexual remarks about a students 15 year old sister. This same man also sexually harassed female staff and glorified drugs and sex. He has said that he wanted to hit his wife and talked about his sexual encounters with her. I strongly encourage parents to find another program. Your son will be emotionally traumatized and will NOT make therapeutic progress. I have seen many kids leave or graduate this place and only know of two that are sober. Parents, when you talk to a student of Ashcreek and they say positives about the program that is because they a scared of the consequences of saying negative things. There have been staff that would intentionally humiliate students. I was forced against a wall and made to stand nose to the corner because I didn't want to vacuum. The program is built upon a mountain of lies. Darren Prince constantly tells us and parents about projects that will be finished with in a month, and they never get finished. For example, the transitional living home, we were supposed to have kids living there in mid February, but that never happened. There are numerous examples of discrimination of students, or rude comments made about a student's sexual orientation or race. The residential director, Dave Saldana, has made derogatory comments about gay students, calling them sexual predators. I asked Dave if a student with a turban would be allowed to wear it inside, and Dave responded by saying "Hell no! I wouldn't even let and of them in here! Freaking terrorists!" I was being questioned by Dave Saldana at one point about personal stuff. He asked a question I was not comfortable answering, so I told him "I don't have to tell you that, you're not my therapist." He promptly escorted me to the basement and forced me to sit in a chair and stare at a wall for about 2 hours while he used his iPad. This program emotionally traumatized me and did not help. When I was pulled I told my parents about the injustice and they were enraged. Ashcreek will milk every penny they can out of you, the parent. They will lie to you about your son's progress and tell you he needs to stay longer. Parents, I STRONGLY encourage you to find another program, I do believe treatment can help, but I don't believe Ashcreek is the right place for anybody. Please email me if you have any more questions about the multitudes of injustices Ashcreek does.

Quote from: Noah Hoge
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DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN TO ASHCREEK RANCH ACADEMY.

I had a 2 month stay at ARA (May-June 2015) and it was the absolute worst period of my life. I was pulled from the program by my parents because I was being discriminated upon for my sexuality, not by students, but surprisingly by STAFF.
Please note that the majority of the staff at ARA are Mormon (nothing is wrong with that) but they push their beliefs on the students.

In my 2 month stay, I observed horrific things.

  • staff broke a kid's wrist while restraining him (when the kid was NOT fighting against the restraint).The issue was put down-low and no staff were fired or suspended for any time.
  • Horse mistreatment/cruelty
  • Ranch staff aggressively hitting, kicking, elbowing horses when the horses were of no harm. Horses are never cleaned, brushed, washed, etc.
  • Staff cussing at students.
  • I was personally called a dumb-ass several times by staff at the ranch. I also heard terrible vulgar words being thrown at students in the house by house staff.
  • When ARA was being visited, the staff forced all of us students to pretend to be happy and go out and do activities around the house to make the program look good.
  • I was told by many staff of ARA that my sexuality was wrong and I should not be who I am. I was laughed at, joked about, and yelled at by staff.
  • Staff teaching about natural psychedelic plants around the house which resulted in an epidemic of several students taking the plants and getting high off of them to a very dangerous extent. The natural psychedelic plant was poisonous to the liver.
  • Staff taking belongings from students and hiding them away and never giving them back such as shoes, clothing, books, etc.
  • All food is from the freezer (completely unhealthy)
  • Staff yelling at students harshly which creates a negative vibe around the house

All students at ARA are miserable. When I was there, the only thing that got us all through the program was each other. The staff were terrible to us so we ONLY had each other.

ARA was a horrible and awful experience for me. After being transported out of ARA, I was put in a treatment program in Puerto Rico called Surfhouse, where I am doing great and have created a better relationships my family and friends and my life is headed in the right direction.

Don't make a mistake and send your child to ARA. Your family and your son deserve much better.

Best wishes to all of you on your journey.

Quote from: Justin Salmon
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I am a former student of ashcreek. I first came there in the beginning of 2013 and was there for 15 months. I hated it, and I loved it. But as far as treatment, I learned most of my knowledge of drugs just living there. I was sent for a minor drug issue and walked away from there with the mind of a pharmacist. Upon graduation, I did not go directly home and instead attended school at the local high school and lived with associates of Ashcreek. After another year of living a semi free life in the local town, I returned back to my hometown. After being gone for 3-4 years, I basically had to jump back into normal life, without warning, resulting in a methamphetamine addiction along side with other "hard" drugs that I had never used prior to Ashcreek. I will say that I graduated the program, and learned a lot about horses. But where has it left me? A high school drop out and Junkie? You know it! Just some advise to parents who want to send their kids to a residential home, UNLESS you're kid is so messed up that his life is in danger, don't. Because you might end up turning your kid into the 100lb tweaker on "COPS." ID SUGGEST A PARENT SHOULD SEE A THERAPIST OFFICE before casting their kid out to some program for a year against their will. That causes more damage than good. I have used a different name to conceal my identity due in part because of my drug addiction. I never would have expected to be doing crystal meth and cocaine in high school, therefore, the 7steps had failed and I can't think of any other student besides one who is sober. Kudos to the one, but the rest of us never benefitted from it.

Quote from: Jake Anastasi
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My name is Noah Seri.I am on my step brothers account. I just recently came home from a ten month stay at Ash creek. I have a lot to say about this place and the people who run it. First of all, I personally think Tammy Prince (aka Tammy Berhmann) and Darren Prince, the owners of the program, are manipulative, consumed in their own wealth, and deceitful to parents looking to send their kid to ash creek. I saw Darren come in and give tours all the time, making sure to choose the most well behaved students to come and glorify the program. The teachers every time would come and play like puppets when darren was giving tours. The only relationship i have seen Darren build with a student is one where he was taking him to LDS church services every sunday. I witnessed numerous accounts of misconduct during my time at Ash creek. A restraint that resulted in some sort of wrist injury ( the student had a cast for a few weeks), insensitive and religiously biased comments in group therapy about a homosexual student. There was nothing derogatory said, however the program director at the time said that he " didnt agree with the choice to be gay" . He emphasized several times that he believed it was a choice. I personally was shoved into a window by an employee at the ranch, and the glass broke. He did this in reaction to me shoving him in the shoulder ( i meant it playfully, however it was not appropriate on my end) . The staff was put on suspension, came back two weeks later and then left a few months after that and no longer works there. One of Ash creeks policy is that if a student is refusing to do something they are to be restrained physically by bending the wrist, even if that student was not in physical danger to himself or others. Garth Lasater, the clinical director, is a great man who invests personally in each student. He was always kind, proffesional, and respectful. Dave Saldana, the residential director, is also a very open minded man who supports and cares for every kid. Garth actually bought me a pair of sneakers because mine were in poor condition. Another thing is that the food is mostly frozen stuff warmed in an oven by our cook. At one time we were having frozen corn dogs once a week, we still have frozen orange chicken and rice every thursday (as of one week ago when i was there), and little ceasars pizza every friday. The lunch is usually cooked and of higher quality, except for fridays when we ate leftovers in the fridge for lunch. If you are considering sending your kid to ash creek, please be mindful of Darrens intentions, him being the owner of the program. Really investigate if this is the right place for your son. Ive seen this program send many kids home that seem improved, however they boast about their "success rate", which is based off of how many kids graduate the program, not off of their home behavior. I personally know many kids who are home from ash creek who still display similar behaviors, but that being said i think ash creek does teach a lot of good lessons about becoming a man, being less entitled, self sufficient, respectful, and taking accountability for their actions. Unfortunately, i cant say the program itself takes accountability for THEIR actions. I had a lot of struggles at ash creek and that was not the fault at ash creek at all. I relapsed several times and only made it to level 2 in their program. I have been home over a week, i have applied for 3 jobs, i have been attending school every day, communicating well with my family, and i havent touched drugs or cigarettes. Please listen to your kid about what is going on if they are at ash creek, or any other treatment center, and do them the favor of really looking into the place before you send them there. I will say that i have seen ash creek academy attempt to improve as a program. PS: i forgot to mention the academic portion of the program. I passed 9th grade with As and Bs there on time for when i was leaving. How far you progress iin your credits depends on how hard you work. I liked the way the school was run


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Testimonies from Google maps

Quote from: katie haines
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As some of the experiences are mentally blocked out I still wake up in that bunk bed. My heart drops every time. I was left there thinking we were just visiting. We were forced to do work hours in 95 degree weather. I'm pretty sure I broke my foot and I was on crutches for weeks and they were too small. No doctor. If your brother or grandfather died while in there we weren't aloud to go home for the funeral. They refused to let me have contact with my mother for the first 3 months and even that was monitored.

#breakingcodesilence

Quote from: Jenny Clift
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I went to Copper Canyon Academy in 2007 when I was 17 years old and a senior in high school. I still have nightmares about this place and I'm now 30 years old. My mother died from breast cancer while I was there and although I was in a "therapuetic" boarding school, I never received any help in dealing with my grief and was actually punished for grieving. If my father had not pulled me from the program early to start college, I would have left the day I turned 18 even though I had no money and nowhere to go. Anything would have been better than staying there. Please, do not send your daughters here!


Quote from: Kelsey N
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I went here when it was still called copper canyon when I was 16 and I’m 27 now. I still have nightmares about this place. Every day spent here was mental torture, every moment you’re being watched and criticized by adults who are hired to break you down. You can’t tell your parents the truth because the staff proof reads your letters and emails and will call you manipulative and drop you a level keeping you there longer. Everyone fakes the program and does what they can to survive through the day. Most of the girls there have trauma as is and this place only furthers it. The work hours, the 24 for hour silence vests, the hundreds of rules you have to remember and no mercy, the treatment team meetings, the seminars, all of it is despicable and I hurt for every girl going through what I went through. The owners talk this place up and lie to the parents and the daughters are the ones who suffer. We were treated like prisoners. Please don’t send your child here. There are better options. This isn’t the answer.


Quote from: Ashley Parent
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I attended when it was Copper Canyon Acadmey in 2010. It was an incredibly emotionally abusive environment. I am twenty five years old now and I still suffer from nightmares and anxiety from what I endured st this program. It has a new name but it is still the same abusive culture. Everyone there tells you there is something wrong with you, that you are evil, you are manipulative and I do not identify as that kind of person. They break you down. And my dad was so pleased when I came home because I was “fixed.” I was not fixed I was broken, broken down from months of emotional abuse. One time I even saw a staff member repeatedly kick another student and when I reported it, nothing was done. This place is absolutely sick. This experience was almost ten years ago for me and it still effects me today. Think twice before sending your daughter here. I’ve talked to girls who went there as Sedona Sky Academy and they have the same experience. Do not believe their lies, this is a house for child abuse, it is appalling that they dare to call this place therapeutic. As someone who has her Masters degree in Counseling, the techniques they use are completely unfounded. Making someone stand in the middle of a room full of adults who then tell them they are manipulative and purposely seek to hurt others. I still remember profusely crying and not understanding why at sixteen a room with my therapist, my teachers and staff would all band against me to say detrimental things and send me on my way. They called this treatment team. I have no shortage of horrifying stories. These people’s only agenda of getting paid. Most of us there had experienced abuse and trauma before even attending this school and it only heightened those feelings. Please, do not send your child here. I know I said this previously but I am twenty five and I went there was I was sixteen and it still effects me today. Let that soak in. Their practices are cruel and this is not a therapeutic school it is an abusive prison.

Quote from: Brooke Jameson
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DO NOT SEND YOUR GIRLS TO SEDONA SKY ACADEMY. worst place ever. my daughter went here over two years ago and is still suffering with extreme trauma from the experience. the staff are abusive and the entire website is a lie.  the girls sneak drugs and alcohol in. staff are EXTREMELY under-qualified. our daughter left worse than she came in. $100,000 dollars not only down the drain, but used to make out daughter WORSE. she still hasn’t been able to forgive us. this is a concentration camp designed to make itself out to be a residential treatment center. i beg you, for your sake as well as your daughter’s, do send your daughter here.

Quote from: April Abrain
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My daughter spent 10 months, in Copper Canyon Academy (former name of this academy) during years 2005-2006, the referring license psychologist-educational consultant stated she had no doubt the "wilderness program" and subsequent "behavior modification boarding school" would cure her addiction and help the mental illness she was suffering from. Both treatment programs owned by Aspen Academy,  work with the psychologist (who took $10,000 just to set up the referrals), and all of them require large sums of money up front. These organizations exists to profit from your wounds. I was desperate and broken by my daughter's addiction. When the funds ran out, $100,000 spent for treatment, the facility abruptly discharged her home. My daughter was back on the streets in a month, where she found her addiction worsened to heroin. Our lives have never been the same. Save your money. Help your child but don't get duped by these people - they have no magical cure for addiction. No amount of money will change your child.



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Here are some other testimonies. This time from Yelp:

Quote from: Tarah B.
I went here for about six months, and while I don't think it was as bad as some of the other reviews here say, it was still pretty bad. For one, before I went there I had never done drugs, never drank, never partied, but when I came back I felt the strongest urge to get into this stuff. I learned about piercings, tattoos, parties, alcohol, and all this other stuff I didn't really know about and being so restrained it seemed so fun! The turn over rate is very low, most girls can take 2+ years to graduate. Nobody had graduated in over a year when I was there Jan-Jul 2014. Most girls either "age out(turn 18, like I did)", or they get pulled out by their parents for whatever reason. Most girls parents don't let them go home when they turn 18, but my mom did because she had been planning on pulling me out soon anyways because she didn't like how regulated and censored the communication between us was, mostly letters.

The staff are pretty nice, but there is definite favoritism. I've talked to a lot of girls who went there, and the few of them who I've met said they had to kiss major butt to get anywhere. I was only comfortable actually talking to only 2 or 3 of the staff there, many of them are just either awkward or tend to make me feel like what I was saying was wrong. Now, maybe that was the case, but I thought they were supposed to help me open up and learn to see my mistakes instead of making me feel shut down and guilty. All I know is that I had a lot more self confidence going in than I did coming out.

Another thing was the horses. I LOVED the horses. One of the main reasons my mom said she sent me here was because she was really excited about the horses, but unless you are on horse chore you don't get to see or interact with them very often. You go riding maybe once every few weeks if you're lucky, though sometimes at random you'll go like three times in two weeks then not go again for a month. Not sure how that system works, but my mom wasn't very happy with it and neither was I.

The therapy was alright, I loved Bernadette! She made me feel like a normal person and a lot less guilty. Not everything bad is my fault, turns out! The staff though is a bit harsh. I know the point of the place is "tough love", but there's a point where it can go a bit overboard. You can try as hard as you can but it still will not be good enough, unless you meet these standards you feel awful about yourself. I did learn a lot, but I think the "trauma" kind of negated most of it. I have nightmares about the place and I wasn't even there that long compared to most. I was pretty well behaved, so I didn't get in too much trouble, but the punishments for things are very unbalanced. Once a girl freaked out and made us all leave the cabin and she just didn't get dinner, while once I accidentally ordered an extra box of soap and got a hill run. I understand that people need different punishments, but good golly. Some girls would act completely awful and so the staff would coddle them, while some of us got completely ignored. Now this is how I saw it. I don't know the whole story, but all I know is that it made me feel very insignificant and frustrated.

The religion was also kind of shoved down your throat. I am a christian, not catholic, but I still got shut down when I tried to give my opinion during group discussions. If they didn't agree with you, you were wrong. Another thing about the "group therapy", I didn't even know that was supposed to be "therapy". Most of the time we watch videos about a saint or how to react in different situations(videos that were made in the 80's may I add). Those videos are hilarious and none of us take them seriously, they are just too dang corny. They call it "group therapy", but its more just something to keep us occupied for an hour or two.

Now, in my opinion, if your daughter is close to turning 18, has never drank, partied, or done drugs, isn't very religious, or anything like that, this isnt the place. I cant speak for others, but when I came out I think I was worse than when I went. Also if you actually want her to graduate expect her to be there for at least two years. I did learn some stuff though, like that you can put anything on a tortilla! Also patience and people skills because the girls there can be nuts. I love them though and I can't wait until they get out so I can talk to them without being constantly monitored. So anywho, yep. That's my opinion.

Quote from: Maggie H.
I was sent to Trinity in October of 2011 and graduated the program in July of 2013. My struggles were with anxiety and depression primarily, as well as some behavioral issues. I won't downplay that I was having some very serious problems, but Trinity was NOT the solution. Trinity is a catholic based treatment center that uses a mixture of strict discipline and once a week therapy. Some of the "discipline" includes humiliating and degrading "challenges." For example, The Chair. The Chair is simple, you sit on a chair in the corner facing a wall for a minimum of two weeks without speaking to anyone, participating in any activities, or having any form of entertainment other than 3 hours of online classes a day. If you broke any of the chair rules, the punishment would be to eat a bowl of kidney beans and olives instead of a regular meal.
I got very behind in my school work at Trinity Teen Solutions, as did many of the other girls. Which is ironic, because we did school work 12 months out of the year, six days a week. We participated in online school, which served as a very poor education for two years. I had no physical teacher for TWO YEARS. When I finished my time at TTS, I struggled immensely during my last year of high school due to the poor education I received.
I could go on and on about the various things that I experienced at Trinity, but suffice it to say that I'm 23 years old and I still struggle with the memories that I have of this place, and I feel that if I spend too long ruminating over it, I'll end up in a very dark place. I have been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which was something that I never struggled with before TTS. While I do understand that one needs a predisposition to exhibit this behavior, the expectation of perfection that was perpetuated at Trinity is what caused these symptoms to develop in me. I had to mentally ritualize in order to feel safe. In one particular instance while I was being assessed for their bi-weekly "Holy Cowgirl" assessments, I was so overcome with anxiety that I ended up vomiting.
Being there for so long, I obviously had a mixture of positive and negative experiences. In a way, I was forced to develop a positive attitude, because fighting the system would have gotten me no where. I feel that this review would be dishonest if I didn't at least mention some of the things that made my Wyoming experience more tolerable.
1. My therapist J.D. Although JD no longer works for TTS
2. The Animals
3. It is pretty there
4. We weren't allowed to be friends with the other patients while we were there, but afterwards I talked to these people over social media and have made some really great friendships
I felt that I did what I had to in order to survive this place. I became a different person while I was there, but not in a way that I liked. I hated the person that Trinity turned me into. And when I look back on my teenage self, I try to have some compassion for that girl, because I was doing the best that I could at that time. I needed to please the powers that be, we were constantly reminded that if we didn't behave and change, that we would be held there indefinitely. Before Trinity, I was very passionate about art and drawing, but that was stomped out of me. I was only allowed to draw on some Sundays, and given punishment if I was caught doodling during the week. None of our notebooks were private, so if I did doodle, I would inevitably be caught. So I had to stop. I only draw rarely these days out of some subconscious fear of wrongdoing or punishment. It just doesn't feel safe to me (OCD).
I supposed that I should mention the outcome. Trinity is a very controlled environment, you are not in any way exposed to the real world. We aren't even allowed to talk about our lives pre-TTS, not even in a therapy group. After Trinity, my relationship with my family was more broken than it was before. I had only seen my parents four times in my two years there. My former friends had moved on with their lives, and I've had a great deal of trouble establishing meaningful relationships with anyone. I was told to lie to people at school about where I was. So, within weeks, I had turned to alcohol. I've been struggling with alcoholism for the last five years. Again, I don't entirely blame Trinity for this, but they claim a high success rate, which is simply not true. I'm not sure how they are measuring their idea of a success rate, to be quite honest. I'm doing better now, I sought treatment as an adult at facilities that had a proper understanding of my mental illnesses and addictions, and were able to effectively treat these things. I am doing better now, it is in spite of Trinity Teen Solutions, not because of it.

Quote from: Kari S.
PARENTS MUST READ***
When I was sent to this place in 2005 I was terrified, dressed in rags, and broke my back as I exceeded the child labor laws times a million daily. Not saying it was a total negative experience, although most of it was due to MOST of the people running the program. I was there for about 8 months and I had only gotten 2 school credits (this is a fact). Kids and teens get hungry because they are constantly growing; my point is that the girls do not have access to the kitchen so if we are laboring in the heat or the freezing cold we only have water no Gatorade no gronola bars nothing to feed our energy, so now this is why some girls "steal" food (if you even want to call it that since the parents are paying the program more than enough money to feed an army, I shot you not) so anyways when they would do that they would give them ridiculous punishments, such as eating cold oatmeal for all 3 meals for 3 days in a row, yuk. There were all kinds of crazy stuff they did. I personally was told that I had to tie myself to this other girl with a rope and we had to be tied together with a rope connected to our belt loops all day long until bedtime. This went on for 5 months. Then at one time, I had to care for that Saint Bernard dog you see in the pictures, only when bedtime came along I was not allowed to sleep in my bed, they made me sleep on the floor with the dog without a pillow or a blanket. I did not get the sleep I needed during that time and I still had to labor all day, that is if I wanted to eat real food. They ALWAYS use food as a punishment even though it says right there in the cowgirl manual that they will NOT use food as a punishment. These people like to contradict themselves, and if you think for one minute that Angie and Jerry (the owners) don't know what's going on think again because they do know and they don't care. I was upset one night and so I just started running down the dirt road, they came after me in the truck and slammed me down On The ground. Now after this happens the staff preceded to tie up my entire body in a thick heavy rope and threw me in the back of the truck and drove back up to the cabins. I didn't know what the hell was going on and then I over heard them talking about locking me in the shed and they didn't do that because there were nails sticking out of the walls and so they thought I was going to kill myself ( and that's something I would never do, I was simply PISSED) but can you blame me? First of all I already had been traumatized before I went to this place and they just made things worse for me. I'll tell you all something, ANYBODY can go and get a job that's meant for helping people, just to go for the money, and OR to make others miserable because they are miserable. There are a lot of crooked COPS, and many other titles. I really hope I can get through to many parents out there. One more memory is about this thing they put us through called "Pig Shifts" which means; after the mother pig gives birth, the girls are paired up and every pair has a set time each day or night or early AM to watch the piglets to make sure the momma does not crush them. Each shift would run 3 hours at a time. My pig shift was from 2am to 5am mind you that us two girls had to walk across a huge field about a mile and a half long in the middle of the night in the pitch dark knowing that a mountain lion was spotted by the neighbor, and we heard this from staff. Now we were not allowed to go to sleep until 9:30pm each night we had the option to stay up a little later but I was always so exhausted I had wished I could have gone to sleep earlier, especially with pig shifts and then laboring all day. One more thing I forgot to mention is that they like to make us run everywhere on top of the pig shifts, the daily labor, and the lack of nutrition. Another important memory I must share; we went hiking in the mountains (very beautiful) anyways, once we had gotten to Deep lake we were to put our food up into the trees before we would camp for the night as there are REAL BEARS where they bring the girls. So I had put my food in the sack to go up into the tree and we were about to go to sleep and I had forgotten that I had a small Gatorade packet in my pocket ( yes the one time we actually got this type on stuff on hiking trips) so I was worried because I didn't want to get eaten by a bear so I told staff right away and it was a simple mistake but they got mad at me, so then I went to burry it away from the campsite to be safe. Then the next morning because of what happened with me and that Gatorade packet the night before the staff refused to let any of us eat breakfast, and this was the day after a very long and strenuous hike. Thank you God Bless

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